Welcome to Belchertown, MA.


The Office of the Board of Selectmen is located in The Finnerty House at One South Main Street, Belchertown.
Telephone: (413) 323-0403  Facsimile:  (413) 323-0494
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Effective: June 10, 2013



William R. Barnett, Chairman

16 Waterford Drive, Belchertown, MA 01007

(413) 323-4355


Brenda Q. Aldrich, Vice-Chairman

P.O. Box 1462, Belchertown, MA 01007



 Ronald E. Aponte, Clerk

38 Azalea Way, Belchertown, MA  01007

(413) 323-8595


 Kenneth E. Elstein, Member

76 North Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

(413) 256-1093


George D. “Archie” Archible, Member

143 Chauncey Walker Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

(413) 323-5556



Effective: June 24, 2013


General Government & Police 

William R. Barnett, Chairman

Board of Assessors; Election and Registration; Finance Committee; Inspection Services; Law Account; Moderator; Rent Control Board; Tax Title Committee; Technology Advisory Committee; Town Accountant; Town Clerk; Treasurer-Collector; Computing Department; Police Candidate Review Committee; Police Department; The Chairman of the Board of Selectmen is an Ex-Officio Member of Library Board of Trustees and Liaison to Clapp Memorial Library.



  Brenda Q. Aldrich, Vice-Chairman

Cultural Council; Pathfinder School; Town School Department; Scholarship Committee; Playground Committee; Lake Wallace/Foley Field Committee; TV5; Personnel Board. 


EDIC, Public Safety
Ronald E. Aponte, Clerk

 EDIC, IDFA, ADA Committee; Animal Control; Animal Control Advisory Board; Civil Defense; EMS Department; Fire Department; Regional Casino Committee; Willard Stebbins Trust Fund for Lake Vale Cemetery; Parks, Beach and Recreation; Pioneer Valley Planning Commission; Pioneer Valley Transit Authority.


DPW, Lakes Committee, Veterans’ Services  
 George D. “Archie” Archible, Member

 Department of Public Works (Highway, Snow Removal, Sidewalks, Street Lighting, Cemeteries, Transfer Station, Maintenance, Wastewater Treatment Plant); Energy Committee, Non-School Buildings; Professional Engineering; Town Clock; Town Common; Lakes Committee; Veterans’ Services; Veterans’ Service Advisory Board; Veterans’ Graves; Memorial Committee


Human Services, Housing Authority & Planning
 Kenneth E. Elstein, Member

Housing Authority; Agricultural Commission; Board of Health; Conservation Commission; Council on Aging; Fair Committee; Family Center Committee; Historic District Commission; Historical Commission; Skate Park Committee; Trail Stewardship Council; Housing Needs and Assessment Committee; Planning Board; Zoning Board of Appeals; Community Preservation Committee.



 email: selectmen@Belchertown.org

Tag Sale Permits -- No Longer Required

Three Year (Overlapping) Terms; Five Members; Meetings weekly on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in Lawrence Memorial Hall (in the event of a holiday falling on a Monday, the Selectmen conduct their meeting on Tuesday evening of that week): They are the executive branch of the Town government and are responsible for policy decisions and carrying out most of the decisions of the Town made at Town Meeting. Their other powers and responsibilities are:

  • Approval of all bills and payroll before they are paid by the Town Treasurer. Signing all notes, bond issues, abatements, and weekly town warrants which itemize all town department bills and payroll.
  • Overseeing procedures to "override" or "exempt" the Proposition 2 1/2 tax limit and setting the classification rate for taxing different types of property in Belchertown.
  • Issuance of business licenses. Granting and issuing licenses and permits which include liquor licenses; common victualler's licenses; tag sale permits; transfer station permits; Class I, II and III auto licenses; amusement licenses; and entertainment licenses. Refer to the end of this booklet for a complete listing of licenses and where to obtain them.
  • Investigation into the conduct of any town department.
  •  Control of town property (except school property).
  • Calling town meetings by the issuance of the Town warrant.
  • Awarding bids and contracts.
  • Approval of placement and construction of public utility facilities.
  • Acting as License Commissioners, Police Commission, Fire Commission, and Highway Commissioners.

Meetings of the Board of Selectmen, as well as any town board, are open to the public.

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